One of the more well known ways to use a Lookup Table, also known as a LUT, is to color correct footage so you get the contrast and detail you want. Is there a specific approach to color grading with LUTs? In this movie, author Patrick Inhofer shows the three node approach to color correcting flat-recorded footage with LUTs in DaVinci Resolve.
- [Man] Let's jump into our flat timeline…where I have some additional shots for you to play with.…And, these were actually shot on GoPro.…But, this is probably a pretty good example…of what you'll often find with flat, recorded images…when they get wrong, right?…You see how the highlights are clipped out,…the shadows are clipped out.…This is clearly not recorded log.…Is there detail we can save here?…I'm not quite sure, but let's take a look.…The first thing we can do is try dropping down our gain,…and there's nothing.…
There's no overshoots here. That's all clipped out.…So, I'm going to un-do that move because that'll just expose…the fact that we are doing digital color correction.…On the shadows, we're going to run into the same problem…where we're just lifting up the shadows,…so the heavy lifting is going to have to be done by our gammas.…And, I'll Opt+F so we can get a better look at our image,…and I'm just going to go ahead…and start pulling up those gammas…until we start getting some detail we can see in here.…
Once you're familiar with the differences between log, raw, and flat recordings, explore two different methods for color correcting that footage. First, Patrick shows you how to color correct manually, using the traditional tools in DaVinci Resolve. Then, he explains how to use lookup tables (LUT), and discusses LUT strengths and limitations.
- Differentiating between raw and log recordings
- Differentiating between cameras that record flat vs. log
- Setting project-wide raw and LUT preferences
- Applying LUTs to footage
- Exporting LUTs from Resolve
- Color correcting raw footage
- Color correcting log footage
- Using LUTs with log, raw, and flat footage
- Importing, exporting, and managing LUTs in Resolve